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We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dresden Symphony plans a protest against the construction of the wall between Mexico and USA, and Berlin State Opera opens on 3rd October for a short period. Merkel honours Syrian refugees choir, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra announces new Executive Director. The first pictures of the remake “Dirty Dancing”, Toy Story icon Don Rickles died aged 90, and the end of the General Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech at the Staatskapelle Halle. Broke for the Fresno Grand opera, and how stressful the game Tetris could be.

BBC

Dirty Dancing: First look at remake images

Thirty years since Johnny and Baby first appeared in cinemas and created a cult hit, the producers of the TV remake have offered a glimpse at the updated version.

The Violin Channel

Nicola Benedetti – 2004 ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’

The then 16 year old Nicola Benedetti’s 1st prize winning performance of the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 – in the Grand Final of the 2004 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Awards.

Classic FM

This accordionist play the Tetris theme for 10 levels and it’s really stressful

YouTuber Les covers de Persiflette (also known as Thibaut Trosset) has got some serious Tetris tekkers.

The Telegraph

Don Rickles, Toy Story star and legendary comedian, dies aged 90 

Don Rickles, the master insult comic who created laughs with ridicule and sarcasm in a decades-long career that earned him the facetious nickname Mr Warmth, died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home from kidney failure, his publicist said.

KLASSIK.com

Dresdner Sinfoniker wollen gegen Mauerbau zwischen den USA und Mexiko protestieren

Konzert soll im Juni diesseits und jenseits der geplanten Mauer stattfinden

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Staatsoper eröffnet – und schließt wieder

Das Opernhaus wird am 3. Oktober eröffnet. Der reguläre Spielbetrieb soll aber erst im Dezember beginnen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel ehrt syrischen Flüchtlingschor aus München

Gemeinsames Musizieren hilft bei der Bewältigung des Bürgerkriegstraumas und des Alltags in der neuen Heimat.

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WSO Announces New Executive Director

Following a nation-wide search, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has unanimously selected Robert Cinnanteas Executive Director

WQXR.org

5 Performances that Prove André Previn Can Do Anything

Sticking around on earth and letting those years add up means that you have a lot of time to get really good at whatever it is you do. Just ask André Previn.

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Staatskapelle Halle setzt Generalmusikdirektor vor die Tür

Der Vertrag mit dem Generalmusikdirektor und Chefdirigenten der Staatskapelle Halle, Josep Caballé-Domenech, ist vom Aufsichtsrat der  Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH in seiner jüngsten Sitzung nicht über die kommende Spielzeit 2017/18 hinaus verlängert worden.

The Fresno Bee

Fresno Grand Opera bankruptcy filing includes long list of creditors

Orchestra members in the Fresno Grand Opera production of “Our Town” are at the head of a line of creditors after the company’s bankruptcy, court documents show.

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11 London’s premier tuba blasts his last

4Karriere-News: Markus Korselt (Stuttgarter Kammerorchester)

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(Written on April 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: the sound painter, Opera of Toulon strikes, RPS Music Awards Shortlist announced, Celeb-facts of the Folk Awards, Viola Tabea Zimmermann wins ICPA Award, interview with violinist Andres Cardenes, Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced, Award for cellist Isserlis, Musikmesse Frankfurt begins, pre-sales tickets for the Elbphilharmonie season 17/18 begins, and confronting Anti-Semitism in Russia through music.

BBC

The artist who paints sound

Does Lady Gaga’s music make you think of pink stripes and orange triangles? Is Tuesday female and Sunday male? What do you mean, no?

10 celebs you didn’t know were folk fans

Yes that’s right – there are some secret folk fans out there and we’ve put the hard work in to see who they are. Prepare to be shocked at these secret folkies.

Rhinegold

Shortlists announced for RPS Music Awards 2017

The shortlists for the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

The Strad

Violist Tabea Zimmermann wins Artist of the Year at ICPA Awards

The International Classical Music Awards, given annually to the year’s finest classical artists and recordings, were announced on 1 April at a ceremony in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Germany.

The Violin Channel 

Violinist Andres Cardenes – “Preparing for the Premiere of a New Work”

In a VC-exclusive blog, Andres talks us through his preparation for performing a new work – alongside a living composer.

ROH

Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced

The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera’s programme for the coming Season include world premieres, major new productions and classic revivals.

Kulturradio RBB

Cellist Isserlis bekommt Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele

Steven Isserlis wird für sein besonderes Engagement in der Musikvermittlung und die Förderung angehender Profimusiker geehrt.

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Innovation als Lockvogel

Die Musikmesse in Frankfurt öffnet heute ihre Tore. Ein innovatives Programm soll den radikalen Veränderungen der Musikbranche trotzen

Die Welt

Neue Karten für neues Elbphilharmonie-Glück

Karten für die Elbphilharmonie sind begehrt. Am Dienstag beginnt bei ProArte nun der Vorverkauf für die Abo-Konzertreihen der kommenden Saison.

Broadwayworld

Get ready to guffaw! Meet the full company of Present Laughter, opening tonight on Broadway

Present Laughter, starring Academy Award- and two-time Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline in his triumphant return to Broadway, opens tonight, April 5th, at the St. James Theatre.

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Confronting Anti-Semitism in Russia, in words and then music

During the 1950s and early ’60s, the Soviet Union went through a period called “the thaw.”

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Strike hits opera of Toulon

The choir and the orchestra of the Opéra de Toulon are on strike today.

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4Musikwissenschaftler und -pädagoge Karl Heinrich Ehrenforth gestorben

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(Written on April 5, 2017 )

In today’s news:  Detroit Symphony Competition began for female composers, Birmingham Conservatoire student beats world record, Thomas Brandis and Kishori Amonkar have died, new music director for England’s Yehudi Menuhin School, piano celebrations in the Tiroler Festspiele Erl starts in April, Philips Collection piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence, Dance Camera West Presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, and restriction for re-opened Berliner Staatsoper.

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Detroit Symphony opens competition For female composers

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has launched the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers.

Rhinegold

Birmingham Conservatoire student sets world record

Birmingham Conservatoire student Alistair Rutherford has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

The Strad

Former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Thomas Brandis has died aged 81

Thomas Brandis, who served as a long-time first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, has died at the age of 81.

The Guardian

Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé: making a song and dance about it

This week the Royal College of Music is staging a UK premiere of an opera so successful that it had 80 performances in its first year in France and four revivals over the following three decades.

The Violin Channel

England’s Yehudi Menuhin School announce new Director of Music

The Yehudi Menuhin School has announced the appointment of conductor and composer Oscar Colomina i Bosch as their new Director of Music

The Times of India

Kishori Amonkar: Our music is fifth Veda

The singer who initiated the rasika into the journey of an in-depth swara and laya is no more-at Kamani Auditorium to come into the auditorium and wait for the melody called Gana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar was to be in the pathway of the rite of passage and taste the beauty of a raga as a living being.

klassik.com

Spielbetrieb in Berliner Staatsoper nach Wiedereröffnung nur mit Einschränkungen?

Die sanierte Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird nach ihrer Wiedereröffnung, die derzeitigen Plänen zufolge Anfang Oktober erfolgen soll, nicht voll bespielbar sein.

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Erstmals Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl 6.-9. April 2017

Von Donnerstag, 6. April 2017, bis Palmsonntag, 9. April 2017, finden erstmals die Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl im Festspielhaus statt.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Volk grölt, Schweine tanzen, Solisten jammern

Eindrucksvolle Musik, aber das Libretto lässt sich nicht retten: Mussorgskys “Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi” in Berlin.

The Washington Post 

Piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence to Phillips Collection

When chamber music comes together, there’s really nothing like it: expert individuals working as one to achieve something greater than could be achieved alone.

Broadwayworld

Dance Camera West presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival

Committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance and dance on film from around the globe, Dance Camera West presents the 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance.

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Ziemlich fidel für 65: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Münchner Rundfunkorchester!
Coming up in John Suchet, a moment of musical sanctuary – Karl Jenkins’ beautiful “Gloria -…

 

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(Written on April 4, 2017 )

in today’s news: Three Choir Festival programme revealed, “Beethovenfest” is searching for “distant lover”, Philharmonia doubles up, John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording is a revelatory psychological document, André Rieu’s concerts to be broadcast in cinemas, Andre Larson has died aged 74, Tucson Symphony Orchestra names a new president, Sponsorship award of the “Rheingau Musik Festivals” for Pianist Ben Kim, Philharmonia Orchestra announced first two guest composer and the dream of Terror.

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Three Choirs Festival 2017 programme revealed

The programme for the Three Choirs Festival 2017, which will take place 22-29 July in Worcester, has been revealed.

Pizzicato

‘Beethovenfest Bonn sucht die ‘Ferne Geliebte’

Das ‘Beethovenfest Bonn’ unter der künstlerischen Leitung von Nike Wagner steht 2017 unter dem Motto ‘Ferne Geliebte’.

JDCMB

Philharmonia doubles up

The Philharmonia has today announced the appointment of their new principal guest conductor.

The Times

Gardiner: Bach -St Matthew Passion

Above all else, John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a revelatory psychological document.

The Strad

André Larson, founder director of the National Music Museum, has died aged 74

Dr André Larson, former director of the National Music Museum in the US, died on 24 March at the age of 74.

Classicfm

André Rieu announces celebratory Maastricht concert in cinemas

It’s 30 years since the much-loved violinist founded his Johann Strauss Orchestra. He’ll be marking the occasion with a concert in Maastricht and screened in cinemas across the UK.

Musik Heute

Philharmonia Orchestra ernennt zwei Erste Gastdirigenten

Das Philharmonia Orchestra London hat zwei Erste Gastdirigenten ernannt.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Der Traum vom Terror

Was treibt zwei nette deutsche Mädels aus dem sachsen-anhaltischen Sangerhausen dazu, nach Syrien in den Dschihad zu ziehen und einen brutalen Krieg zu führen, der eigentlich nicht der ihre ist?

Musicalchair

Tucson Symphony Orchestra names a new president/CEO

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday named an insider as its new president/CEO.

The New York Times

One Pianist’s Variations on Tales From the Crypt

A searching artist who likes to play old and new music against (or, more accurately, for) each other, the pianist David Greilsammer arrives in New York on Wednesday, April 5, for the latest installment in the Crypt Sessions, a way-downstairs, intimate series at the Church of the Intercession in Washington Heights.

Klassik.com

Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals für Pianist Ben Kim

 Der Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals geht in diesem Jahr an den amerikanischen Pianisten Ben Kim.

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3Wiener Philharmoniker erhalten Dirigierpartitur Leonard Bernsteins
: . will be playing ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’ after 11am in memory of Alessandro Alessandroni, ‘The Whistler’ on the piece
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(Written on March 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

Pizzicato

New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

musicalchairs

Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

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Sound and Music@soundandmusic: This weekend in Manchester – , curated by – Exciting!

klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

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(Written on March 10, 2017 )

WildKat PR is happy to announce that we are now working with conductor Alan Tongue and his new project Mozart In The Afternoon.

Alan Tongue is a conductor and musicologist who studied with Sergiu Celibidache,worked for the BBC, and later built his career around the world, from Eastern Europe to South America and the United States.

In 2007, he came across Vaughan Williams’ exercise for the Cambridge D. Mus in the University Library in Cambridge. He took the challenge to transcribe it, leading to the birth of critically-acclaimed project A Cambridge MassThe world premiere took place at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, with the Bach Choir and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, before being performed in London and the US.

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Alan is now back to London and is preparing for his upcoming project: Mozart In The Afternoon. The programme is as follows:

  • Divertimento in F, K. 138
  • Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K. 415
  • Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 ‘The Jupiter’

Alan will conduct newly-founded The Beecham Orchestra, with pianist Iain Farrington (who performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games and composed music for the BBC Proms) and violinist Rick Friedman (co-leader and first violin of the Birmingham Royal Ballet).

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With its unusual timing of 2:30pm, the concert will benefit all sorts of audiences, offering a break from the busy city after lunch, and before the evening’s darkness: the perfect daytime activity.

Mozart In The Afternoon – Tuesday 4th April – 2.30PM

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

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(Written on February 20, 2017 )

In today’s news, Sheffield announces full program for their second Classical Weekend Festival, and Downtown launches a new music rights company in Tokyo. Sirena Huang is awarded first prize at the Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition. Over the weekend, Erich Leinsdorf celebrates his would-be birthday of 105 years, and today in 1933 Henry Brant’s Angels and Devils for flute was performed in New York City for the first time.

The Violin Channel

VC Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at Elmar Oliveira Violin Comp

A graduate of the Juilliard School, and current post graduate student of Hyo Kang at Yale University, Sirena is a former major prize winner at the Singapore and Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competitions.

Sheffield Telegraph

Classical: Host of Music Treats

Sheffield’s second Classical Weekend Festival, set to take place on March 17 to 19, has announced its full programme, featuring a host of international artists, and local musicians across city venues.

Music Business Worldwide

DOWNTOWN LAUNCHES NEW COMPANY IN JAPAN, PARTNERS WITH AVEX

Music rights company Downtown has launched a new Tokyo-based company, Downtown Music Japan Inc. The operation will focus on signing and developing Japanese songwriters, artists and producers, marketing and promoting Downtown’s substantial English-catalogue, and more efficiently collecting songwriting royalties from the world’s second largest music market. The expansion adds to Downtown’s existing offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam.

The Violin Channel

VC INTERVIEW | Elmar Oliveira – Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp 

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Elmar OliveiraDistinguished Artist in Residence at Lynn University and Founder & Artistic Director of the inaugural 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition – currently in its Final Rounds in Boca Raton, Florida.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Born On This Day in 1912

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf was born on this day in 1912 – 105 years ago. Dying in 1993, Maestro Leinsdorf served prestigious conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York City Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the (West) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Komponist des Kirchenlieds „Danke“ gestorben

Mit „Danke“ gelang ihm ein Hit, über den Theologen die Nase rümpften – und mit dem er die Charts stürmte. Jetzt ist der Kirchenmusiker und Komponist Martin Gotthard Schneider im Alter von 86 Jahren gestorben.

Der Tagesspigel

Zisch, Boom, Bass

Der Berliner Musiker Phillip Sollmann ist als DJ Efdemin bekannt. Für das Konzertprojekt „Monophonie“ erforscht er nun rein mechanisch produzierte Klänge.

OnlineFocus

Veranstalter teilt mit: „Rockavaria“-Festival im Olympiapark abgesagt

Schlechte Nachricht für Musikfans: Das Aus für „Rockavaria“ im Münchner Olympiapark ist offiziell. Das Festival findet in diesem Jahr nicht mehr statt, wie der Veranstalter am Samstag mitteilte.

Le Figaro

Super Bowl 2017 : Lady Gaga fait son show et envoie un message de tolérance

La diva de la pop a interprété ses plus grands tubes mais également deux chants patriotiques américains lors de sa prestation à la mi-temps de la compétition sportive, dimanche soir à Houston.

LaCroix

À la « Folle Journée » de Nantes, danse ou transe ?

En plaçant cette édition 2017 sous le signe de la danse, René Martin a donné au public un rôle tout particulier, jusqu’à l’inciter à monter sur scène lors d’un concert-performance « participatif ».

Twitter

@WDR3 Live-Aufnahmen von Bob Marley restauriert

@musikzeitung > Butter bei die Fische: Ratschläge für die von Auftragshonoraren…

@Music History #Today in 1933 FP of Henry #Brant‘s Angels and Devils for flute ensemble, in NYC. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

@Classical Music News Facing the music: Helen Grime #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on February 6, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Wigmore Hall announces their 2017/18 season, and NYCGB search for their first Chief Executive. In Suffolk a new exhibition, ‘Queer Talk: Homosexuality In Britten’s Britain’, is inaugurated today.   In Nantes, toddlers are introduced to classical music in an attempt to break down cultural boundaries, and musical tips for your four-legged friends.

Rhinegold

NYCGB launches search for first chief executive

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain are launching a search for their first ever chief executive. The new position was created in response to the organisation’s rapid growth over the past few years. Since 2012, NYCGB has gained ACE National Portfolio status, launched Widening Access & Engagement partnerships with music hubs in Cornwall, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire, and established the NYCGB fellowship programme.

Wigmore Hall announces 2017/18 season

Wigmore Hall’s 2017/18 season will include residencies from Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Sir András Schiff, Jörg Widmann and Sonia Prina.  The season will include a 17-concert survey of Haydn’s string quartets with the Castalian, Doric, Heath and Schumann string quartets, including all of Haydn’s quartets from the Opus 20s onwards, and the Cuarteto Casals will present a complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, alongside new works by living composers.

Vulture

How Moonlight’s Composer Chopped and Screwed Classical Music

Host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews Oscar-nominated Moonlight composer Nicholas Britell about the process of creating the themes for the movie’s protagonist, who’s called “Little” when he’s a kid, “Chiron” as a teen, and “Black” when he’s fully grown. As Britell explains, he borrowed techniques from hip-hop to create three different themes from the same piece of music.

New Republic

Breaking Elgar’s Enigma

Bob Padgett used to work for large insurance companies in northern California, assessing property damage from fires and floods. But he was also a talented classical violinist, and he would moonlight for different orchestras, which is how he came to plumb a century-old mystery called the Enigma.

Pizzicato

Queer Talk: Homosexuality in Britten’s Britain Exhibition Inaugurated

 At the Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears lived for almost 40 years, a new exhibition, Queer Talk: Homosexuality In Britten’s Britain, is inaugurated today. It will outline the life and work of Benjamin Britten during the period of social change that led to the 1967 decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Klassik Heute

Henle-Klavierwettbewerb 2017

Junge Klavierspieler zwischen 6 und 11 Jahren sind aufgefordert, ihr Video auf YouTube zu stellen! Zu spielen ist ein Satz aus den Wunderkind-Sonaten von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, zu gewinnen sind Noten oder Geldpreise. 

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Himmel der Carnegie Hall

Neun Konzerte, geballt an elf Tagen: Daniel Barenboim und die Berliner Staatskapelle zelebrieren in New York ihren Bruckner-Zyklus. Ein Wagnis, das vollends zu begeistern weiß.

Abendblatt

Das erste “Konzert für Hamburg” in der Elbphilharmonie

Das NDR-Orchester, Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja und Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt warfen “Klassik-Köder” aus.

Galileo

Diese Musik solltest du spielen, damit dein Hund entspannen kann

Ja, auch Hunde haben Musikgeschmack. Genau den haben Wissenschaftler jetzt untersucht. Denn natürlich wollen wir, dass es unseren Vierbeinern gut geht. Und da hilft es manchmal schon, wenn man die richtige Musik an macht.

Le Monde

Les femmes donnent de la voix aux Victoires de la musique classique

Unique émission de musique classique sur une chaîne de télévision du service public en prime time, les 24es Victoires de la musique classique, qui se tenaient mercredi 1er février à l’auditorium de Radio France, à Paris, ont été diffusées en direct sur France 3 et France Musique. La mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa a été récompensée dans la catégorie artiste lyrique.

La Croix

Nantes, la Folle Journée initie les enfants à la musique classique

Dans le cadre du festival de musique classique la Folle Journée qui se tient du 1er au 5 février, la compagnie Musiqu’Éveil a imaginé des concerts adaptés aux enfants de 18 mois à 3 ans, pour mieux faire tomber les barrières culturelles.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1875 Birth of Austrian-American #violinist Fritz #Kreisler #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Mondoweiss @Mondoweiss The Palestine Philharmonie — an orchestra is born in Bethlehem

3sat Kulturzeit @kulturzeit Hamburg: Schauspielhaus-Intendantin Karin Beier verlängert um weitere drei Jahre.

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(Written on February 2, 2017 )

“Wellness”, “wellbeing”, “work-life balance” – these buzzwords have been entering the business world more regularly over the past few years. As we as a society begin to focus more on our health, our time, our personal development, so have the companies that we work for. Especially in PR companies and creative agencies, where working over-time is almost expected and in the arts where there are concerts, launches, and networking events to attend, it’s important to ensure that you are able to enjoy your personal life wherever possible.

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WildKat began to explore techniques to reward colleagues and staff back in 2011, when Kat brought her yoga instructor into the office. We began having weekly classes for 1 hour on a Wednesday afternoon. Berlin’s Victoria Mattinson says, “Taking an hour out to do yoga is a really effective way of clearing the mind and stretching out.  I always come back to my desk feeling refreshed and with new ideas.”

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In 2014, we also cemented the annual WildKat ski trip for the team who have been in the company for over 1 year. This is the perfect retreat for our colleagues to relax and unwind (off the slopes, of course!), spend time with the full global team, and try some new experiences together. London’s Victoria Cappelletti went on her first trip this year, explaining, “The annual WildKat PR ski trip is a great way to get to know the members of the team better and actually become friends, so that we are all like a little family. It totally lines up with the general company mood, ethic and atmosphere, giving people the opportunity to have fun and discuss topics beyond work.”

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Our perks continued to build in 2015, when Sweden began to initiate 6-hour working days to create a balance between work and personal life, Kat decided to trial the scheme in our Berlin office. We were quite skeptical at first that 2 hours would make a huge difference to our work-life balance, and that it wouldn’t compromise our work, but we were ready for the challenge. After a transitional phase, our Berlin team was working more efficiently – so much that our clients did not notice! – completing tasks and moving on without procrastination, feeling more happy and healthy at work, and also attending more events out-of-hours without free time or energy being compromised.  You can read our full feedback here.

However, one journalist asked: if we love our jobs why would we want to work less? Although this was not the point of our experiment, the hardest aspect was the need to be constantly productive. There was less time to read articles and be active on social media – two activities which are crucial to PR. We also lost out on occasional small talk, which does help to break up the day. Therefore, from now on, instead of a full-blown overhaul of our working day, every employee has ten six-hour days per month at their disposal.

Last year, we decided that we would fully integrate our perks into WildKat’s ethos and policy. Our in-house design team at Classical Music Design created a poster for us, that would have a central place in our office and would remind us that being happy in our lives and at work will allow us to live a more balanced life.

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Kat explains, “I felt that my staff deserve the best that my company could possibly offer. I divided the benefits up into monetary, educational, and well-being. Mostly, I am weary that money is a big deciding factor so of course we wanted to increase perks and financial rewards but actually focusing on well-being and one’s own personal development is a hot topic that almost comes equal to financial gain. 

“We want to feel valued on many levels and that our development is encouraged along the way so I wanted to offer training funds, 6 hour working days, yoga sessions, sabbatical, etc. Rewarding my staff doesn’t always have to cost the company a lot but it does mean that the teams are better balanced. Quite frankly, the older I get, the more I think that time is the most valuable commodity, so I want to enhance my staff’s time when at work but also give them more off time out of the office.” 

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Director of the Berlin office, Carolin Denz, was one of the first to utilise her training fund, purchasing a few books on leadership and communication: “As the Berlin team has grown a lot and we all know how important it is to build up a great and solid working team, we are always focusing on improving the team spirit and motivation. I began to learn some tips and advice from a few books about different ways to lead groups, so we can build on it with individual and more intense workshops during 2017. The books give an insight into how groups of different characters and opinions work, how to lead them best and motivate them to build up the team we need for our campaigns – creative thinking, responsibility and being a good team-player.”

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As well as the “official” #WildKatPerks, we still encourage our team to network in the industry, and step into the wider world to gain knowledge and make introductions on behalf of the company. For example, Junior Account Manager & Office Manager James Hardie attended #ABO17. He said, “I was very excited to have the chance to attend the Association of British Orchestras conference in Bournemouth, especially at such an early stage in my career.  The focus this year was Disruption, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the industry’s leading figures, including Hannah Kendall, Mel Larsen, James Murphy, and Chi-Chi Nwanoku talk about what this meant to them.  A strong feeling of community pervaded every session, and it was heartening to be surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom want to see classical music engage with new and diverse audiences.”

As civil servants face curbs on office ‘cake culture’, here at WildKat we know that everything works well in moderation and with plenty of balance. Are you considering some new perks for your company? How do you manage to balance work and life as a freelance? Feel free to send us your thoughts at @WildKatPR or comment below!

(Written on January 31, 2017 )